Educating your athletes about Sleep Hygiene

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Sleep is the greatest legal performance enhancing drug that most people are probably neglecting – Matthew Walker

Sleep allows your body to rest and recover and continually renew itself each day in a far more effective way than anything else. Simply put – if you are not well rested, you cannot consistently perform at your best. In today’s constantly ‘switched on’ world it is becoming increasingly harder for athletes to do the one thing that might just make the biggest difference to their performance. This CDC chart from data collected in 2014 shows the prevalence of < 7 hours sleep in the US. It is a pattern that is familiar across the globe and it is likely that this has deteriorated over the last number of years.

Sleep Research

Quality sleep is one of the foundation blocks of an athlete’s routine. 7-9 hours sleep per night is considered optimal but athletes who are training and competing on a regular basis should aim for more. A comprehensive review of sleep research was carried out in 2019. It researched sleep related articles from 1980 through to 2018 with a focus on studies involving athletes. 40 relevant studies were reviewed which included 18 related to sleep deprivation, 11 related to sleep extension, 2 related to circadian effects and 9 related to jet lag. They summarized the effects of sleep deprivation and sleep extension from this research as outlined in the following sections.

Sleep Deprivation

Elite athletes are known to get less total sleep than non-athletes and a reduction in sleep quality is also common. Athletes can have sleep issues and develop unfavorable sleep hygiene habits due to a number of reasons including:-

  • Rigorous and strict training schedules
  • Travel obligations
  • Time zone changes and jet lag
  • Tendency to play down the importance of sleep
  • Use of smart phones and electronic devices
  • Stress and anxiety

Sleep deprivation has been shown to have negative effects on the following:-

  • Reaction time
  • Accuracy
  • Vigor
  • Submaximal strength
  • Endurance
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Mood and vigor

Sleep Extension

Increasing sleep duration among people who are sleep deprived has been shown to improve:-

  • Reaction times
  • Fatigue and Vigor
  • Mood
  • Sprint times
  • Tennis serve accuracy
  • Increased kick strokes, swim turns and reaction times in swimming
  • Increased free throws and 3-point accuracy in basketball

Optimal Sleep

Circadian Rhythm and your Body Clock

Your internal body clock or circadian rhythm is an important element to consider to optimize sleep duration and quality. In The impact of circadian misalignment on athletic performance in professional football player the authors reviewed 40 years of evening and daytime professional football games between West and East coast US teams. The results strongly favored the West Coast teams during evening games against East Coast teams. For similar day time games, there was no such advantage. In a nutshell professional football players playing close to their circadian peak in performance demonstrated a significant advantage over those who were playing at other times. For example, East Coast athletes playing a West Coast game at night might be playing until 2am in the morning (their home time). Similar affects have also been seen in athletes who have early morning sessions or late evening training / games as well as in athletes who suffer from social jet lag which is discussed in more detail below.

Jet Lag

In Circadian Disruption and Remedial Interventions Effects and Interventions for Jet Lag for Athletic Peak Performance jet lag is defined as:-

Jet lag results from rapid transmeridian travel where time zones are crossed, such as east-to-west or west-to-east airplane travel. The severity increases with the increasing number of time zones crossed – travelling over three time zones almost invariably leads to jet lag. Jet lag symptoms occur while the body clock tries to adapt

The body clock is capable of adjusting to new conditions but has evolved to adapt slowly in line with the changing of our seasons. The abrupt changes caused by airplane travel across several time zones is not something that has a quick fix. Athletes are often required to travel long distances for competitions and are often expected to perform to their best ability without having had time to readjust to their new environment. Jet lag affects different people in different ways but in general the main symptoms are poor sleep, tiredness during the day, reduced appetite and a reduced performance. The more time zones you cross, the longer it takes for your body to adjust.

Mitigating the effects of jet lag

Individual athletes can benefit from understanding the effects that jet lag can have on their performance and how to help mitigate its effect. The German word ‘Zeitgebers’ which literally translates as ‘time-givers’ is used to refer to external cues that help resynchronize our body clocks. The most important one is daylight, but others include food, exercise, sleep and pharmacological treatments. The aforementioned research outlines some potential strategies that athletes and teams can adopt in order to help their bodies adjust and minimize the effects of jet lag.

Prior to travel – Education and Pre-adjustment
Information on jet lag should be provided to athletes as they can have a tendency to dismiss it. Educating can help them recognize the symptoms and effects on their performance and adjust their training accordingly. Pre-adjustment means gradually shifting your sleep and eating schedule by 30-60 mins a day towards the destination time for a few days before travel and avoiding daylight at key times.

During travel – Minimize flight effects
Hydrating by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic drinks can help minimize the de-hydrating effects of flying. Getting up and stretching regularly can help avoid muscle stiffness.

On arrival – Light
Light exposure during the time that corresponds with the early part of the evening / night of your home time can help kickstart adjustment by causing a phase delay that is required to reset the body clock following westward travel. Exposure to light in the second half of the night and early morning (home time) will cause an advance in the circadian phase that is required for adjustment for eastward travel.

On arrival – Exercise
Avoiding heavy training in the first few days after a long flight when jet lag is at its worst is preferable. This often cannot be avoided as athletes need to train or compete within the schedules they have been given. Where possible, exercise should take place during recommended light exposure periods.

On arrival – Food
Changing meal times to local time, even though you may not feel hungry, is beneficial to help adjustment to your new time zone.

Social Jet Lag

Social jetlag is the name given to the condition in which sleep patterns vary widely between workdays and weekends or holidays, with sleep deprivation on weekdays being compensated for by a lie-in on weekends. This may severely confuse and disrupt the natural circadian rhythms of the body – Dr. Liji Thomas, MD

The term ‘Social Jet Lag’ was coined by Till Roennenberg, Professor of Chronobiology at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. It occurs when we go to bed later and wake up later at the weekend compared to weekdays. How much social jetlag you experience is down to the how far apart these two sleep/wake cycles are. It has been compared to travelling to a different time zone at the start of the week and only coming back to local time at the weekend. It is a common problem, especially in teenagers and young adults who tend to go to bed late and get up late when they don’t have something scheduled. Getting up early on a Monday morning for school or college can leave them tired and fatigued similar to feeling ‘jet-lagged’. This confuses our body clock and can lead to fatigue, difficulties concentrating, and other issues. Basically, your sleep routines are out of sync. The issue tends to be more pronounced in ‘night owls’ – someone who usually stays up late and may feel most awake in the evening. Sleep-time differences of more than one hour between training days and days off in elite athletes is considered a sign of social jet lag.

Sleep Hygiene Strategies

Getting enough sleep just doesn’t happen overnight. If you have bad habits regarding sleep hygiene you need to work on them and commit to change. Some recommendations to improve your sleep include:-

  • Avoid stimulants at least 6 hours before bedtime
  • Switch off devices
  • Avoid obsessive clock watching
  • Avoid excessive food and liquid late at night
  • Use beds for sleep – if you cannot sleep get out of bed for a while
  • Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and comfortable
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Avoid sleep naps if you are having trouble falling asleep at night
  • Seek out bright light in the morning but avoid in the evening

The good news is that you can improve your sleep habits by adhering to regular routines and adopting some simple lifestyle changes. Improving your athletic performance may be as simple as getting more shut-eye.

Practice does not make perfect. It is practice, followed by a night of sleep, that leads to perfection ― Matthew Walker

About Metrifit

An athlete who is not sleeping and is suffering from chronic stress is more likely to burnout and dropout than perform their best on the sports field. Early intervention identifying issues and educating athletes on how lifestyle stressors can affect their performance can be the difference between winning and losing. Metrifit promotes authentic conversations and learning regarding sleep, stress, nutrition and other key factors that can prove immeasurable to both coaches and athletes. Having ‘data’ to back up your instincts or help you to recognize patterns and triggers is invaluable. Educating and empowering athletes to improve their lifestyle can pay huge dividends on the playing field. Metrifit’s new Lifestyle Profiling is akin to a ‘health check’ for your team. It provides invaluable insight into the well-being of your team with clear visuals that help you make informed decisions to prepare your athletes for optimal performance.

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Derek Bol
Strength & Conditioning Coach, Valparaiso University
"As a school that cannot spend large amounts of money on athlete monitoring, Metrifit has provided us with a great tool for monitoring stress and athlete readiness at a great rate. Being athlete driven, we're able to get buy-in from the athlete, and drive individual or team wide conversations regarding lifestyle and performance education in the direction needed. Seeing acute and chronic stress on a real-time basis has greatly improved the way we schedule workouts and arrange travel during the season."
"I've found Metrifit an invaluable resource. Not only to monitor daily wellness, readiness to train and training load within the squad, but also to monitor training load externally with additional external squads. Furthermore, Metrifit has acted as a key teaching tool, allowing young athletes associate good sleeping, eating and recovery habits to an improved sense of wellness and thus superior on-field performance."

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Tommy Mooney

Strength and Conditioning Coach at DCU Sport and with Dublin Minor GAA

"I've found Metrifit an invaluable resource. Not only to monitor daily wellness, readiness to train and training load within the squad, but also to monitor training load externally with additional external squads. Furthermore, Metrifit has acted as a key teaching tool, allowing young athletes associate good sleeping, eating and recovery habits to an improved sense of wellness and thus superior on-field performance."
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Erik Helland

Director of Strength & Conditioning and Head Strength Coach Men’s basketball, University of Wisconsin

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2017-06-12T11:42:14+01:00

Erik Helland

Director of Strength & Conditioning and Head Strength Coach Men’s basketball, University of Wisconsin

"The ability to acutely monitor stress and recovery and make the correct adjustments was critical to our health and performance throughout the NCAA tournament. Metrifit has a very strong educational component. With the information we get, I am able to clearly understand the habits and behaviors of our athletes, and how they may be impacting performance."
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Robert Walsh
Strength Coach
Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Netherlands Ski/Snowboard Team)
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2017-07-25T14:10:08+01:00
Robert Walsh
Strength Coach
Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Netherlands Ski/Snowboard Team)
"The visualisation of data allows for easy discussion between athletes, performance staff and medical teams and offers the potential to predict and avoid issues which could hamper performance. Over the year the data has proven instrumental in our critical decision making. Metrifit is a excellent monitoring tool however the unsung additional aspect is the fantastic and tireless customer support."
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Kevin Schultz
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning
Director of Olympic Strength & Conditioning
University of Wisconsin

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2017-06-20T12:12:33+01:00

Kevin Schultz
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning
Director of Olympic Strength & Conditioning
University of Wisconsin

“Metrifit has become a multifactorial platform that has helped up us provide deeper context to the decisions that we make on a daily basis in regards to the physical development of our student-athletes. We have intimately been utilizing both the subjective wellness questionnaire along with player training load data to drive professional conversation and actionable tasks to enhance the sporting results and quality of life for our student-athletes with unparalleled success.”
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NISUS Fitness, S&C Coach Clare Senior Hurling, Horse Sport Ireland and Limerick Senior Hurling

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2017-06-12T13:55:49+01:00

Joe O’Connor

NISUS Fitness, S&C Coach Clare Senior Hurling, Horse Sport Ireland and Limerick Senior Hurling

"While working with the Clare Senior Hurling team (2012-2014), Horse Sport Ireland (U25 European Eventing Champions) and currently with the Limerick Senior Hurling Team, Metrifit provides our team with critical information across a number of essential aspects of elite athletic performance. You don’t really know how your players are responding to training stimuli unless you have daily data and Metrifit provides and easy to use and highly effective means of finding this critical information."
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Metrifit Athlete Monitoring System

Why Monitor

References
Sleep Hygiene for Optimizing Recovery in Athletes: Review and Recommendations

Sleep Statistics: Sleep Needs, Deprivation & Disorder Statistics You Should Know

What the heck is social jet lag and why it’s harmful to your teen

Sleep strategies for college and pro athletes during days off

Social jetlag – are late nights and chaotic sleep patterns making you ill?

Association of Social Jetlag With Sleep Quality and Autonomic Cardiac Control During Sleep in Young Healthy Men

Social Jetlag and Sleep

CDC Sleep Data and Statistics

Circadian Disruption and Remedial Interventions Effects and Interventions for Jet Lag for Athletic Peak Performance